Havas was the world’s first news agency, and after a century of operation, formed the core of the present Agence France-Presse.


Charles-Lewis Havas (1783–1858), a Frenchman of Hungarian background, began to develop an informal network of European reporters (today they would be called stringers) in 1825 to report about European financial and political events for French businesses, banks, and a few newspapers. Havas himself initially acted as translator. In 1832, he created the Bureau Havas in Paris, with an office located not far from the main post office, the French stock exchange, and several newspaper offices. A growing staff (which briefly included Bernhard Wolff and Julius Reuter, both of whom would go on to form their own news agencies) assembled financial news from other European capitals ...

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